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HONG KONG – Craig Lahiff, a stalwart of the Australian film industry, has died.

A writer, director and producer, Lahiff was 66 and succumbed Sunday Feb. 2 after a short illness.

His first feature was an acclaimed telemovie “Coda” in 1987, which he followed with “Fever,” “Heaven’s Burning” (with Russell Crowe) and “Black and White” (with Charles Dance, Robert Carlyle and Kerry Fox).

Last year he directed thriller “Swerve” which starred David Lyons, Jason Clarke and Emma Booth in a story of an honest man who uncovers a suitcase full of money and headless man.

The picture was intended as the first part of a trilogy being produced by his regular partner Helen Leake. He was also working with Louis Nowra on a biopic of Sir John Monash.

“Craig was a individual a director as Australia has ever had and his films will be remembered,” said the South Australian Film Corporation in a tribute on its website. “Renowned for his calmness and quiet persuasion in all aspects of his work Craig brought to all of his films a very clear vision that he imparted to all his collaborators.

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